High and hanging. That’s how Stranger Things left us after the last episode of season 3. Hopper’s apparent death arguably received the most buzz online. But in the first trailer for season 4, we know that Hopper is actually alive and is held captive by the Russians. I’m not gonna lie, I’m very much relieved. Do you feel the same way as I do? I hope so. Anyway, most of the cast is coming back to reprise their roles in Stranger Things season 4. That means we’ll get to see more of the sassy Erica, Steve Harington with his perfect hair, as well as the rest of the main characters. It’s just a bit sad that we won’t be seeing Alexi anymore. He was such a sweetheart.
Along with Eleven and Joyce Byers, I cried buckets of tears for Jim Hopper. But my tears are long dry since Netflix confirmed that David Harbour will be back as Jim Hopper for Stranger Things season 4. After the explosion in the lab, Hopper didn’t actually die but was captured by the Russians. In the first trailer of season 4, Hopper is seen slaving for the Russians.
Being the central character of the story, Millie Bobby Brown will be back as Eleven in Stranger Things season 4. In the last minutes of the ending, we’ve seen Eleven moving out of Hawkins together with the Byers. Personally, I’m not a fan of the hormonal teenager that she was in season 3 but without her, Stranger Things will not be Stranger Things. With Hopper’s death, we’ll get to see how El deals with the grief of losing her adoptive father.
The other hormonal teenager who gave Hopper a big headache, Finn Wolfhard will reprise his role as Mike Wheeler in Stranger Thing season 4. Aside from being Eleven’s closest friend and boyfriend, Mike doesn’t really have much going on. However, he still is a key character in the story so we’d be surely seeing him this season.
The key character of the story with the least airtime ever, Noah Schnapp is back as Will Byers in Stranger Things season 4. If you don’t remember him, he’s the kid who got trapped in the Upsidedown on season 1. He’s also part of Mike’s group but with their family moving out of Hawkins, things might be difficult for the group of friends.
This cute little nerd will also be back on Stranger Things season 4. Dustin, played by Gaten Matarazzo, is part of Mike’s group and the nerdiest one out of the four. In season 3, we’ve seen him hang out with Steve and Robin, seamlessly gluing them to the main plot. Now that summer’s over, I wonder if we’d still get to see him and his ‘dad’ Steve exchange girl and hair advice.
We’ll get to see this fearless mother again in Stranger Things season 4. Joyce Byers, played by Winona Ryder, is one of the key characters of the series. It was her unwavering courage that helped her pull through during the difficult times. I do really wonder how she’ll fare in season 4. She went through so many hardships since the first season and with Hopper’s apparent death, I hope she doesn’t break.
Another member of Mike’s group, Lucas Sinclair, portrayed by Caleb McLaughlin, will also be back in Stranger Things season 4. Though he doesn’t have much screentime, this tough guy is part of the core group and is essential to the story. Hopefully, we’ll get to see more of him in the new season. Maybe we’ll even be treated with more Lucas and Max scenes. They’re just adorable.
She may have not been there from the start but Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield is one of the essential characters in Stranger Things. Being Eleven’s only female friend, we can’t help but wonder how their friendship will survive the distance. Also, we’d like to see how her life changes after Billy’s death. It’s not like they had a great relationship but they were still siblings.
It’s good to know that we’ll be seeing more of Steve Harrington, played by Joe Keery, and his perfectly good hair and skin. From a horrible jock to a lovable older friend, Steve Harrington’s character growth is one of the best things about Stranger Things. We may no longer see him in a sailor outfit in season 4 but at least we’ll know if he followed Dustin’s advice about letting go of primitive construct such as popularity.
You can’t spell America without Erica. This sassy little miss, played by Priah Ferguson, will be back to annoy or help her brother and his friends. Being Lucas’ younger sister, Erica has wormed her way up to the hearts of the fans with her antics in the last season. We do hope she brings with her more clap backs. I mean, it was the glitter in season 3.
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